Education

UT Austin Names New Commercialization Director

Dan Sharp, a veteran patent attorney who helped dispel a cloud of uncertainty last year about the tech commercialization operations of the University of Texas, has been named director of UT Austin's Office of Technology Commercialization.


Loans Weighing Down Students' Futures

Sylvia Zukowski only works two jobs now, down from the four she had when she returned to college for a second undergraduate degree.


Common Core Enthuses Central Calif. Teachers and Students

Merced, Calif., area high schools are among the first to adopt California's new common core instructional standards, and two dozen local teachers are pioneering the system that's described as a new way of doing business.


LEGO Bots: Next Evolution for Tots?

Learning to construct Lego robots and program them reinforces a love for science and math, said Dave Ferro, dean of the College of Applied Science & Technology at Weber State.


Gov. McDonnell Supports 'Teach for America'

McDonnell seeks to put Teach for America, a nonprofit that sends top college grads into tough-to-fill teaching spots in low-income schools across the country, in place in Virginia schools by the 2013-14 school year, according to the news release.


Gerda Lerner, Women's Historian, Dies at 92

A pioneer in the history of women, Gerda Lerner, died on Jan. 2. She was 92.


Charter, Voucher, Online Schools Campaigning in Florida

A deeply ideological battle over education is expected to unfold at Florida's Capitol in coming months, with vast amounts of taxpayer dollars at stake.


Pearson Education Investing in Nook

Nook Media, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc. today announced that Pearson has agreed to make a strategic investment in Nook Media, LLC.


Calif. School Funding System Pushed by Gov. Brown

After California schools eliminated art programs and increased class sizes to survive budget cuts, they are finally on the verge of getting more money thanks to voter-approved taxes and economic recovery.


Student Homelessness Rises

A 10-year-old boy recently walked past rows of boarded-up houses, dilapidated storefronts and abandoned lots on his way home from Nathaniel Pope Elementary School on Chicago's West Side. He took a detour to make sure the students walking behind him didn't see that he lived in a homeless shelter a half-mile away.


Business Group Advocates for Public Education

A new group of Kansas City area business leaders is lobbying in Jefferson City and Topeka to get early childhood education programs in Missouri and Kansas restored or fully funded.


Hispanic Elementary Students Succeed in NM

All it took, administrators said, was an emphasis on college readiness, assessment and the belief that failure isn't an option.


Arizonans Can Divert More Taxes to Students

Arizonans have the opportunity to divert more of what they owe in income taxes this year to students who attend private schools.


Florida High School Grades Improving

More high schools in Florida earned the coveted A grade, according to preliminary grades released by the Florida Department of Education Friday.


More Seniors Trapped in Children's Student Debt

The early-morning calls from debt collectors continued even after her massive stroke, waking Bella Logan to daily reminders that she owed $75,000 in student loans. Logan is 94.


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